The Department responded to a total of 13,414 calls for service from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. Among them were:

Type of Call
# of Calls
Transports 1448
Room Lockouts (Residence)
Access Building Classroom
Vehicle Jump Starts
Vehicle Lockouts
Safety Escorts
Live Scan Finger Printing
Ill or Injured Persons
Crime Prevention Activities
Well-Being Check


An incident report is completed for any situation where a crime may have been committed, any response to an alarm on campus, calls for medical situations, reports of accidents, and where officers investigate suspicious circumstances. From July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, officers completed 2,149 incident reports.


From July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, the Department received 426 items of found property, valued at $3,065.25. Many of these items were able to be returned to their rightful owner. Unclaimed property is sold at the annual Public Safety Found Property Auction, which is held in conjunction with National Campus Crime Awareness Month each September. This year the auction proceeds of $2,673 were donated to the Villanova University “Rainy Day Fund”. This fund is administered through the Office for Multicultural Affairs. In addition, all books were donated to the Center for Access Success and Achievement to assist in their inclusive educational initiatives.


Officers attended several half-day sessions of in-service training, held in January and August as well as various other sessions throughout the year. In addition, officers completed on-line training and various roll call training sessions.

Training topics from July 1, 2020 through July 1, 2021 included:

  • Crime Prevention/ Community Outreach
  • Parking Policy Updates
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Virtual Reality training for Mental Health
  • Accreditation Training
  • FTO (Field Officer Training)
  • Search and Seizure
  • Use of Force
  • Judicial Process/ Alcohol Policies reviewed
  • QPR – Suicide Prevention Training
  • Emergency Management
  • Traffic Control
  • PPCT Pressure Points Control Tactics
  • Defensive Tactics and Threat Pattern Recognition
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • First Aid/ CPR
  • Mental Health Training
  • Campus Security Authority Training
  • Workplace Harassment Training
  • Sexual Assault Resource Training
  • Emergency Vehicle Operating Course
  • Assessment of Intoxicated Persons
  • Code of Conduct
  • Code of Ethics
  • Biased Based Profiling
  • Hazards/EHS Concerns
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Title IX/ Sexual Assault
  • Quarterly Firearms Training
  • Evidence Processing
  • Understanding the Threat- Hate Crimes
  • Active Shooter Response Training- Police Officers
  • Interviewing/Investigations
  • POSIT- Police Supervisory In Service Training
  • Fair and Impartial Policing
  • Special Event Management
  • Patriot Firearms Training
  • The Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network Terminal- Dispatchers
  • Penn State Field Officer Training
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
  • DUI Training

Daily Training Bulletins- Lexipol – 4686 completed on the following topics:

  • Victim and Witness Assistance, Vehicle Use, Use of Social Media, Use of Force Review Boards, Evidence, Pain Compliance Techniques, Medical Considerations, Duty to Intercede and Report, Use of Force, Traffic Accidents, Temporary Custody of Juveniles, Temporary Custody of Adults, Suspicious Activity, Standards of Conduct, Safety Restraints, Safety Belts, Response to Bomb Calls, Protected Information, Performance Evaluations, Outside Agency Assistance, Missing Persons, Medical Aid and response, Jeanne Cleary Campus Security Act, Involuntary Commitments, Homeless Persons, Hate Crimes, Handcuffing and Restraints, First Amendment Assemblies, Domestic Violence, Crisis Intervention, Community Relations, Persons with Disabilities, Communicable Diseases, Child Abuse, Bias Based Profiling

Police One Academy to include:

37 hours for Sworn and Non-Sworn Officers on the following topics: 

  • Active Shooter Preparation and Response for Schools
  • Active Shooter: Recognition and Basic Response
  • Bloodborne Pathogens for First Responders
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Policing
  • Crowd Control
  • Implicit Bias
  • Recognizing Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Stops and Safety
  • Use of Force
  • Using social media for Investigations
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Contraband Control
  • Successful Customer Service
  • Basic First Aid
  • Evidence Collection, Control and Storage,
  • Off Duty Safety and Survival
  • LE encounters with canines

16 hours for Dispatchers on the following topics:

  • Active Shooter Preparation and Response for Schools
  • Crisis Management
  • Successful Customer Service
  • Communication Skills
  • Dealing with Angry Employees
  • Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • Handling Robbery Calls
  • Implicit Bias
  • Shaping an Ethical Workplace Culture
  • Dispatcher Ethics in Public Service
  • Stress management
  • Social Media and Law Enforcement
  • Time Management
  • Understanding Hostage Incidents
  • Written Communications and Report Writing


July 1, 2020- July 1, 2021 Summary Report:

Due to Covid Rules and Restrictions many typical community engagement activities could not take place on campus. The Mobile Treat Unit was also not in operation during this time frame. The Department of Public Safety members participated in many virtual and online sessions with various student groups and departments some of which included:

  • Virtual Off Campus Student Presentation Conducted
  • Virtual Graduate Resident Assistant Training
  • Virtual Graduate Student Orientation
  • Virtual New Student Orientation for Parents Session
  • Virtual RA Winter Resource Fair
  • Virtual Self Defense/Personal Safety Sessions with various student groups
  • Virtual Zoom Sessions with various student groups

The Department of Public Safety makes use of a Twitter Social Media Account: @vupubsafe to communicate safety and event information to community members.

Spring 2021
National Clothesline Project on display at the Ellipse Area


From July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021, The Department investigated four complaints against officer(s). Complaints filed with the Department are fully investigated through the internal affairs process.

One complaint(s) alleged rude and/or unprofessional behavior by an officer and was substantiated.
Two complaint(s) alleged harassment by an officer(s) and was not substantiated.
One complaint(s) alleged unprofessional conduct by an officer and was not substantiated.


For the 2020/2021 school year, the Parking Department renewed 3,000 Faculty and Staff permits, issued 150 other staffing permits, and issued 3,900 student permits with no permit requests denied. Parking Officers wrote 4,000 tickets and booted 75 vehicles. 1 vehicle was towed from campus during the past year. The I-1 Garage had 10,000 visitors and the new guest pass system processed 200 visitors.  Off Campus Shuttle serviced approximately 1,000 students per day. Villanova fleet for faculty, staff, and students made 509 reservations, traveling 81,100 miles. The On-Campus Shuttle and Nova Van On Demand were suspended this past year due to COVID Restrictions and will return the Fall of 2021. 


The Department experienced 14 separations at various ranks due to retirements, resignations, and terminations throughout the year. Some vacancies were created when officers were promoted into a higher rank.

Unit or Rank
# of vacancies
# filled through promotion
# of external hires
Lieutenant - Police
1 1 0
Lieutenant - Patrol
0 0 0
Sergeant - Police
1 1 0
Sergeant - Patrol
0 0 0
Communications Officer
2 0 2
Police Officer
3 0 3
Patrol Officer 2
3 0 3
Patrol Officer 1
6 0 6
Parking Office
5 1 4


The Public Safety Department provided over 1501 hours of extra special event coverage from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. This extra security coverage aids special events held on campus throughout the year. These hours include events such as homecoming, commencement, move-in, campus sporting events, dances, and other activities throughout the year.



We are located at Garey Hall at the intersection of Spring Mill Road and County Line Road

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